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The Austin 100: Horse Jumper Of Love

Horse Jumper Of Love.
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Horse Jumper Of Love.

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: Horse Jumper of Love plays dirges — deliberately (even funereally) paced slow jams in which each strangled note feels as if it's been squeezed out with great effort. Led by singer-guitarist Dimitri Giannopoulos, the band's songs sound hypnotically beautiful in an off-kilter way, with arrangements that magnify small narrative details into big, booming moments of catharsis.

Listen to Horse Jumper of Love's "Poison"

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